ALASKA: The Last Frontier

Oh man, what can I say about this travel experience? First, my husband came to me a few months ago with this crazy idea of taking an Alaskan cruise in May. I say it was crazy because the weather is historically rainy, cold and cloudy until around June. Hesitantly, I gave in and resigned myself to a terrible cruise experience. We had cruised before, but never to Alaska, never in the month of May and never with Celebrity Cruises. Little did I know we were in for a treat!

The first afternoon was cloudy, but by the end of the second day, the sunset was definitely a precursor to the rest of the trip.

Sunset

The Celebrity Century is the oldest ship in the fleet. As  a guest on the Alaska Hubbard Glacier seven day cruise, I couldn’t tell! The boat had very comfortable accommodations and the staff were joy to be around. Our waiter and assistant waiter – Ketut and Elena filled our evenings with exceptional service and served the tastiest food.

Our first port call on the seven day cruise was Icy Strait Point in Hoonah, Alaska. After disembarking from the cruise ship, we were welcomed by the local Tlingit tribe in their native tongue with song and dance.

Welcome to Icy Strait

Welcome to Icy Strait

We were excited for the World’s Longest Zip line we booked at Icy Strait Point. The oldest person to have taken a trip down the 5330 ft zip line was 92 years-old. To get to the top of the mountain takes 45 minutes. The ride to the top had many lookout points for breathtaking views. There are two options to get down the mountain. You can chicken out and take the ride back down the mountain in a bus, Or you can opt for the 1350 ft drop and the 90 seconds it takes to arrive on the beach.

Zipline

We made it to the beach in one piece. I can say I’ve ‘Been There, Done that and Got the T-shirt!’

After coming down the mountain – a snack was in order. I am not usually a fan of seafood, but not partaking in the freshly caught cuisine before heading back to the ship would have been a crime.

The Crab Station